As tipped off yesterday, Fight Night Champion is being offered a la carte over PlayStation Network beginning today—gamers can buy the boxing title's "Champion Mode," the cinematic narrative of fictious boxer Andre Bishop, for $5. If they enjoy that, they can add other game modes on a piecemeal basis.
EA Sports made it official with a news release minutes ago. PS3 customers who buy Champion Mode at $4.99 can then extend their experience to Fight Now (the one-off offline fight mode) for another $5, or Legacy Mode, the create-a-boxer career experience, for $10, which also includes Boxer Share, the ability to upload and download created boxers. Full online play is another $10.
Altogether, it means Fight Night Champion's components cost $30 on PlayStation Network. That's its current retail price through GameStop (around $20 through used-copy sales channels like Glyde and Half.com, where online access is not guaranteed).
For Xbox Live users, the game is available as a full title only, for $29.99. No explanation was given why PlayStation Network could offer individual game modes and Xbox Live could not.
Kotaku reached out to EA Sports for comment, but there is no indication that this kind of a la carte offering is planned for other titles the label publishes.